German automakers have a tendency to create names for vehicles that are less than focused. The four-door coupe, for example. When it comes to things like variable valve timing, large SUVs, and BMW’s actual three-letter designation, expect nothing less.
- BMW: Bayerische Motoren Werke (Translation: Bavarian Motor Works)
- M: Motorsport
- SAV: Sports Activity Vehicle
- sDrive: Two-Wheel Drive
- VANOS: From the German "VAriable NOckenwellenSteuerung" (Translation: Variable Camshaft Timing)
- xDrive: All-Wheel Drive